Welcome to the start of my 25 day Contiki Big Indochina Adventure Trip, first stop- Bangkok, Thailand.
Although I have been to parts of Southeast Asia before, I have never been to Thailand, which is rather odd since Bangkok seems to be the first place people go when thinking about visiting Southeast Asia.
Bangkok is an easy starting point when first venturing to Southeast Asia because it’s very western friendly, although I’m sure all the other major city are as well. It’s as the locals say, “same same but different.”
Vlog #1: Contiki Big Indochina Adventure -[ Bangkok, Thailand ]
Grand Palace, Bangkok
Established in 1782, the Grand Palace consists of the royal residence and throne halls, a number of government offices as well as the renowned Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
Get ready to sweat because it is hot and humid in Bangkok. It also doesn’t help that whenever we visit a temple in Southeast Asia we have to dress in “temple gear”; shoulders and knees covered. A lot of clothes in really hot weather equals a very sweaty Nadine. Regardless, that did not distract from the beauty that is the Grand Palace.
Bangkok is known as a mecca for all things odd and bizzare, like fish spas; a pedicure for your feet done by fish. Yup, just place your feet in a tub of water and the fish will swim around your ankles nibbling off all the dead skin cells.
Although it felt very odd and scary at first, after a while you get use to the tingling sensation around your feet. Once you are done I guarantee you’ve never had softer feeling soles.
To complete our brief tour of Bangkok we hopped into a private boat for a cruise along the canals. Perfect for viewing some of the unique waterfront houses as well as feeding the cat fish.
Then it was peace out Bangkok, as we boarded our overnight train to take us up to Chiang Mai, our next stop!